May 5, 2006

In this Issue:

1. Young Children in Immigrant Families The Role of Philanthropy: Sharing Knowledge, Creating Services, and Building Supportive Policies

Source: NCCP - May 5, 2006

The following new publication from the National Center for Children is Poverty is now available online:

Young Children in Immigrant Families The Role of Philanthropy: Sharing Knowledge, Creating Services, and Building Supportive Policies, Report of a Meeting, January 18-19, 2006.
One in five children in the United States is a child of immigrants, and the proportion is growing. Despite high rates of employment and marriage, immigrant families are more likely than native-born families to be low income and face other challenges that can place their children at risk. Members of the foundation community have an important role to play in working to achieve positive outcomes for these children. The report is available online at http://www.nccp.org/publications/pub_661.html

2. Reorganization at the Administration for Children and Families

Source: Children's Bureau Exchange - May 2, 2006

The U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has announced a reorganization to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of several of its programs. There are three main components to the reorganization:

  • The Head Start Bureau will move out of the Administration on Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) to become one of the 10 offices that report directly to the Assistant Secretary for ACF.
  • The Child Care Bureau, currently part of ACYF, will become part of the Office of Family Assistance.
  • ACF Regional Office staff will be realigned, so that staff members in specific program areas will report directly to Program Offices, rather than through the Office of Regional Operations.
ACF is responsible for Federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities. For more information go to http://www.acf.hhs.gov/

3. Forgotten Families: An Interview with Author Dr. Jody Heymann

Source: CLASP - May 5, 2006

On May 12, 2006, the Center for Law and Social Policy is hosting an audio conference with Dr. Jody Heymann, Founder of the Harvard-based Project on Global Working Families and Director of the Institute for Health and Social Policy at McGill University. The audio conference will focus on how parents have to balance the demands of earning a living with those of raising healthy, cared-for children. Heymann's research reveals the difficult truth that parents in Baltimore are more likely to leave their children home alone sick all day than parents in Vietnam, which has a progressive parental leave policy. In her latest book Forgotten Families, Heymann asserts that only by embracing solutions that are truly global can we improve the lives of working families everywhere. For more information go to http://clasp.org/confdescriptions.php#43/

4. NAEYC Seeks Input on Draft Code of Ethical Conduct: Supplement for Program Administrators

Source: NAEYC - May 5, 2006

The NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct is a valuable resource that addresses many of the ethical issues encountered by administrators of programs for young children. However, the Code does not provide all of the guidance that administrators need to address the many ethical issues that arise in their work. A draft supplement to the Code for program administrators has recently been completed and NAEYC is seeking input for this draft Supplement and welcomes your feedback. To learn more go to http://www.naeyc.org/about/positions/draftethics0406.asp

5. Early Childhood Education Resources from the Family Involvement Network of Educators (FINE)

Source: FINE - May 5, 2006

This month FINE (Family Involvement Network of Educators) offers a roundup of resources relating to early childhood education, including a biography of early childhood education research from 1999-2005 and resources on parental involvement. TO learn more go to http://www.hfrp.org/family-involvement/fine-family-involvement-network-of-educators/fine-newsletter-archive/may-fine-newsletter-early-childhood-education-resources

6. What to Expect and When to Seek Help: Bright Futures Developmental Tools for Families and Providers

Source: Bright Futures - May 5, 2006

What to Expect and When to Seek Help: Bright Futures Developmental Tools for Families and Providers offers a framework for families and providers to begin a conversation together about how best to support healthy social and emotional development in children. For more information go to http://www.brightfutures.org/tools/index.html